The Power of Rualink
Blaisdon Old Boys came to the help of Father Brian Jerstice SDB, a former Rector at Blaisdon Hall, who had placed a request for a large Bible on Rualink, the network of the Salesians in Great Britain.
Some months before, Vincent Shaw had asked Len Carter, another Blaisdon Old Boy, what he might do with a large Douai Bible that his family were thinking of dumping. Len Carter suggested that John Ward, Vice President of the National Federation, might be in a good position to know how it might be used. Later Len and Vincent visited John's home and left the Bible with him, as John felt he might find a good home for it sometime and that it should certainly not be dumped.
When John saw the request from Father Brian he immediately responded to the email with the news that Father Brian was looking for. Later in the summer this year John went down to More Hall Convent in Stroud to meet and have lunch with Father Brian and handed over Vincent's Bible. Father Brian was delighted to receive what he had sought, and from a Blaisdon source.
Father Brian told John he was building a stand, with the skills he had learned from Brother Tom Caulfield SDB (RIP), and that when he had this completed he would send John a photo of the Bible resting, opened, on his newly built stand.
The photo above shows the outcome of that promise, with Vincent's Bible on the beautiful stand made by Father Brian for this purpose. It now is on permanent display in the Chapel at The Don Bosco Junior Seminary, which resembles the old Shrigley in many ways, at Mafinga, South East Tanzania, which is located at 8 degrees South, 35 degrees East, 60 miles southwest of Iringa, the nearest sizeable city.
Thanks to John Ward for permission to use this article, which originally appeared on the website of the Blaisdon Past Pupils.